Microsoft and Federal Government Reach Tentative Settlement

Wednesday October 31st, 2001

MSNBC is reporting that Microsoft has reached a tentative settlement with the Federal Government. The deal calls for a 5 year consent decree that forces Microsoft to release Windows without a variety of currently bundled programs like Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player.

As you may know, the US Government has had consent decrees before, and Microsoft has completely ignored them, we feel. As in the past, we expect the version of Windows without the bundled packages to be almost identical in price to the current version of Windows. The last major question remaining is whether the State Attorneys General agree with the deal. We hope they do not, and push for much harsher punishment.

#58 Re: Why don't the businesses complain?

by Kovu <>

Sunday November 4th, 2001 5:22 PM

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You're right. I thought that there was a provision for forcing them to ship a clean version of Windows, but I don't see that provision in the settlement. The original breakup order made them ship a version of Windows without all that crap in it, and forced them to reduce the price by the percentage of code they removed. I wish that was a stipulation here.